Old Blood Noise Endeavor’s MAW is a stompbox for vocals – or anything else you want to throw at it

The guitar pedal manufacturer has fused an effects pedal with an audio workstation.

Old Blood Noise Endeavors (OBNE) has launched the MAW, or Microphone Audio Workstation. Initially developed as a simple effects pedal for vocalists, MAW has become a flexible manipulation pedal for any application that involves a microphone, or anything else with an XLR connection. The pedal is designed to be a “versatile tool for studio tinkerers or it can be an all-in-one for creative vocalists looking to control their live sound”, OBNE says.

The MAW is centred around a mic preamp, which feeds into three foot-switchable effect engines, alongside an effects loop. Two of the effect engines are switchable multi-effects, with flange, reverb, delay and rotary effects available, while the third will saturate the signal.

The unit can receive input from XLR or quarter-inch jack, with dual outputs for Wet, switchable between quarter-inch or XLR, or Post-saturation Dry with XLR.

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Notably, the MAW is powered by nine-volt power supply – and given the effects loop capability, this could slot easily into your guitar pedalboard. If you’re a solo singer/guitarist and want to thicken out your vocal sound as well as your guitar sound, the maw’s extensive I/O should have you covered in most signal-path situations. If you want to process your guitar with the MAW, grabbing a DI box of some kind will let you split your signal into a balanced XLR signal suitable for its input connection.

Given the flexibility of the XLR connection, and related mixers, the MAW provides a huge range of sonic options for any situation, but for guitarists allows for some interesting signal-path trickery.

The OBNE MAW is available now for £249. Find out more at oldbloodnoise.com.

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